According to new polls, the women-led resistance to the new president hasn't given up. Though it's has been months since the Women's March brought women and their allies into the streets in cities across the U.S., few women have softened their opposition to President Donald Trump, and a great many of them — 47 percent, to be exact — even want him to be impeached.
New numbers from Gallup show that women's widespread anti-Trump sentiments are at least part of reason behind Trump's dismal approval ratings. Gallup reports that right now only 29 percent of women approve of Trump's performance, according to NPR. About 43 percent of men, on the other hand, approve of Trump's presidency thus far. (A six-month-mark poll by ABC News and The Washington Post showed that only 36 percent of those surveyed approved of the president's performance, the lowest six-month rating of a president in 70 years.)
And when it comes to impeachment, women are far more likely to say they want the president to be removed from office, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. As cited above, about 47 percent of women want Trump to be impeached compared to 32 percent of men. "Women have consistently expressed greater discomfort with Trump's personality, leadership style and policies than men," said Dan Cox, research director at polling firm Public Religion Research Institute, told NPR.
In some ways, women's general distaste for Trump's presidency makes sense: the 2016 election saw a 24 point gender gap, with many men voting for Trump and many women voting for Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, Trump's continued negative comments against women (like those he hurled at MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski) may also play a role in women's negative sentiments.
"It's been suggested that Trump's actions in criticizing women who have opposed him, often in very personal terms, is at least partly responsible for this disparity," Cox told NPR. Nonetheless, he also suggested that these comments are "probably not the whole story."
Furthermore, Trump's policy positions can make him unpopular among some women and women's rights organizations. He, for example, supported defunding Planned Parenthood and implemented the "global gag rule," which stopped funding from being given to foreign health organizations that perform abortions.
However, as some have noted, Trump's actions and comments may provide an opportunity for feminism to regain lost ground.
"Trump is perpetuating a harmful, deeply offensive form of sexism," CNN contributor Frida Ghitis wrote earlier this summer.
He may think he's making American great again. From the perspective of most women, he represents a threat to hard-won gains after many years of struggling. It's no wonder Trump is making feminism great again.